Patient Comments: Anorexia Nervosa - Treatments

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Comment from: Aurora, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 28

Those struggling with anorexia, please consider medication, i.e., SSRI's (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor). I finally gave in to my doctor who has been trying to get me to take medicines for the anorexia for 5 years. For the 6 months I have been on medication, my weight has been maintained around a BMI of 20. I have lost the obsession for extreme weight loss, fanatic exercise, paranoia, fear, etc. It is difficult to let go of the things we are best at. I was so good at anorexia, but I would have lost my life eventually.

Comment from: YIGA, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 25

Ingrown hairs are caused when you use too much pressure when shaving. A manual razor will pull and cut hair from a wrong angle. So as it tries to grow back, it gets blocked thus developing into ingrown hairs. I found a wet and dry electric shaver and when I tried it I didn't get any more ingrown hairs.

Comment from: Wayne62, Female (Patient) Published: July 11

I have recently been recovering from what was diagnosed as pneumonia, and yesterday noticed my fever had returned. Last night and today it was at 36.9 centigrade, and not moving up or down. Diarrhea is constant and greenish, very dark.

Comment from: AndyJ, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: March 10

I've been suffering from anorexia for almost a decade now. I've read a lot of references like 'Bulimia Free' and 'Eating Disorders Today' which guide me with my recovery. I say the best treatment I tried is the music therapy. It relaxes me and changes my focus which helps me deal with my eating problems.

Comment from: Katie4906, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: March 08

The biggest help for me was the love and support of my family. If you do not have family that you can tell, talk to a counselor or close friend. Also, seeing the grief and pain that I was causing my parents made me realize that I was not just hurting myself. If you are battling anorexia, please don't be afraid to talk to someone about it.

Comment from: Regretful1, 7-12 Female (Patient) Published: May 24

I received a tetanus shot last week. The first couple of days I was fine. After three days I began having neck and shoulder pain. It has gotten so bad I can hardly lift my arms. It feels as if the muscles in my neck and shoulders are tight and fatigued.

Comment from: amy, 19-24 Female Published: October 18

I'm so scared because for the past 3 months I have extremely obsessed about my weight. I'm 24 years old 5'6 and 145lbs and I have never felt this way before. I weigh myself a lot and I'm always watching what I eat, I eat a lot less now. I'm embarrassed to tell my husband about this, I just want to be skinny so bad, what can I do, I don't want to be anorexic but I want to be skinny.

Comment from: LockwoodK, 13-18 Female (Patient) Published: September 28

The best treatment for me was the help of people who wanted to support me and understand what I was going through. What also helped me the most was inpatient treatment in a medical facility and therapy. The help, love, and care of others is what pushed me through progressing in the recovery of my eating disorder.

Comment from: AK, 13-18 Female (Patient) Published: July 06

Right now I'm seeing a dietician and a therapist. It's helping my body get back to a normal weight and be healthy. I'm dealing with my "eating disorder" which I still don't think I have. Right now my biggest supporter and helper has been my mom. Therapy really does help, since it gives you somebody to talk to and not worry about getting judged or if they're going to spill your secrets. It really relieves me being able to finally talk to someone.

Comment from: Michael, 55-64 Male (Caregiver) Published: July 06

I found that cannabis successfully treated my anorexia immediately. I find it perplexing that your website does not even mention it.

Comment from: lovergirl, 13-18 Female (Patient) Published: April 05

Actually, so far nothing has been effective. Then again, I haven't really told anyone except maybe a close friend, whom I've sworn to secrecy.

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Comment from: Anonymous, 13-18 Female Published: November 08

I never went through any specific "treatment" but I finally realized what I was doing to my body was unhealthy. When you're 95 pounds, 5 foot 8 inches, and you look in the mirror and say "I'm fat," there's clearly something wrong. Having that revelation of "Hey, I'm destroying my body and I should probably stop" was the biggest help to me. That and having a strong supportive family that wanted me to get better.

Comment from: skinnyminnie452, 13-18 Female (Patient) Published: May 23

Realize you are not breaking any rule in the beginning when you eat. Trust me, I know that fear. And it may seem like it will get you attention at the time, but you should not have to go through life threatening measures to get it. Tell a friend you trust. They can assure you of the love that is there for you. *hug*

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